Well heck yes it’s dirty!
The truth is we love riding this Tallboy CC with it’s XO1 build (29″) so much that we haven’t had the time to clean it since we started riding it. We’ve been all over the mountain, Shell Ridge, Lime Ridge, JMP and even a few days doing Demo in Santa Cruz! Excuse our dirt, you’ll just have to deal with it!
If you didn’t already know, the Tallboy (3) is an aggressive cross country / trail 29’er with a 110″ travel in the rear, 120″ in the front with short chain stays and low bottom bracket, a slack head angle and a long top tube. But it’s so much more than that.
Size Tested: Large with 29″ wheels
Weight as Tested: 27 lbs 11 oz.
Frame Material Carbon CC
Fork Fox 34 Float 29 Performance Elite
Shock Fox Float Performance Elite
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01
Shifters Sram X01 1×11
Crankset Race Face Turbine; 30t
Cassette Sram XG1180, 11sp, 10-42
Chain SRAM PC1130
Brakes SRAM Level TLM
Brake Rotors Avid Centerline; 180mm
Headset Cane Creek 40, Integrated
Bars Santa Cruz Carbon Flat Bar; 31.8mm clamp, 750mm
Stem Raceface Turbine Basic
Grips Santa Cruz Palmdale Lock-on
Front Hub DT Swiss 350 110×15
Rear Hub DT Swiss 350 148×12
Rims Easton ARC 24
Spokes DT Swiss Competition Double-Butted
Front Tire Maxxis Minion DHF Exo 3c; 29×2.3
Rear Tire Maxxis Ardent Race Exo; 29×2.35
Seat Post Rockshox Reverb Stealth, 150mm travel (125mm travel on size small)
Saddle WTB Silverado Team
What we liked:
We loved the brakes. The SRAM Levels have a consistent feel. The Level series is a 2 piston version of the SRAM Guide brakes and don’t overpower.
The front forks are lighter than a Pike yet stiff. We also love the new black coating!
With the very low top tube height, it allows you to run a 6″ dropper post.
While you might not need 6″ of drop, the Reverb is infinity adjustable so you can drop it to where ever you need to.
We like the dependability of the DT Swiss 350 Hubs and the light weight and strength of the ARC 24 rims.
What we didn’t like:
We’d probably change out the rear tire. We like larger side knobs for a little more traction while leaned over. We’d probably go with a WTB Trail Boss. On the front we would probably switch to a Butcher for the weight savings.
Who is this best for?
This would be the perfect bike for the ‘California’ Enduro rider. The new geometry moves the bike a little away from the cross county and more towards the trail side. It’s meant for the rider who wants cross country efficiency with the fun and versatility of a trail bike.